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Research

Impact of COVID-19 on Australasian Sonographers

The ASA is financially supporting the University of South Australia in undertaking a research project on 'What is the impact of COVID-19 on the Australasian sonographic community captured at three time points during the pandemic?'. COVID-19 has significantly impacted the sonography profession and it is important for the profession that we capture this impact with regards to reductions in work hours, diversification of duties, incidences of cessation of certain scans, protocol changes and wellbeing. 

The full extent of the effects may assist in the formation of future guidelines and protocols.

Survey One Conclusion: Scan numbers were affected by COVID-19 as were sonographers' work hours

Survey One data was captured during May 2020 and was presented at the ASA Virtual Conference 2020 and published in the Sonography journal on 28 May 2021. 

What was the impact of COVID-19 on the Australasian sonographic community? View the three publications produced from Survey One below:

  1. The initial impact of COVID-19 on Australasian Sonographers Part 1: Changes in scan numbers and sonographer work hours 

  2. The initial impact of COVID-19 on Australasian sonographers part 2: Changes to sonographic examination protocols and access to personal protective equipment 

  3. The initial impact of COVID-19 on Australasian sonographers part 3: Sonographer professional, personal, and social wellbeing 

Survey Two captured the intermediate impact of Covid-19, and Survey Three captured the Delta outbreak. The ASA will let members know the outcome of these surveys when the findings are published.  

Survey Four Open 

This survey has been added to the research project to capture the Omicron outbreak. This survey aims to capture the protocol changes, impact on examinations, wellbeing of sonographers and the current status of ultrasound in Australasia, in order to inform future policy and document this important event. Please click the link below to complete this survey.  

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